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Association strives to boost hamlet

The Clarence Hollow Association has had a busy summer.

The group, which aims to revitalize the hamlet, recently sponsored a tribute performance to Patsy Cline and Hank Williams Sr. at the Asa Ransom House on Main Street. About 500 people filled the lawn.

Last month, at the same location, the association hosted a visit from a Shakespeare in Delaware Park educational acting troupe, attracting a crowd of about 300.

To Jeff Baran, the association's president, the performances not only provided an entertaining evening out but also gave people a reason to go to the Hollow, centered on a two-mile stretch of Main Street.

"We're building momentum with these events and the other things we've been doing," Baran said.

Association members have talked about making the Hollow an arts destination, and the two recent performances tied into that theme. The Hollow was once known as an antiques hub, but many of those businesses have left.

Back in June, the association hosted a summit for Hollow business owners to brainstorm ideas to make the area more attractive for commerce.

That meeting proved fruitful, so a follow-up for business owners and Hollow residents is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Clarence Fire District Fire Hall, 10355 Main St.

The October meeting will include a progress report on what has occurred since the previous meeting in June, while also generating and refining ideas for improving the Hollow, Baran said.

The meeting, in addition, will feature a candidates' forum, where office seekers can discuss issues concerning the Hollow.

The Clarence Hollow Association also is taking steps to spruce up the hamlet's appearance. The group hired a contractor to remove weeds that sprouted up between pavers along Main Street and plans to talk to town officials about a long-term solution.

The town has looked into complaints about the condition of some properties in the Hollow, directing the owners to clean up and repair them.

Still in the works is a plan for a mural of a locomotive on an exterior wall of the Clarence Bowling Academy, Baran said.

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